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text 2018-11-30 20:09
Monthly Run Down - November 2018
Gmorning, Gnight!: LIttle Pep Talks for Me & You - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter
Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom
Immortal Unchained - Lynsay Sands
The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
Snowbound with the Single Dad - Cara Colter
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi


Books I Read:


Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You  - 5 Stars - Probably the only book I will own in both audio and print forms


Shadow and Ice - 3. Stars - New series. I’m curious to see where it goes.  


Whiskey Chick - 3 Stars - Remi is a character.


Immortal Unchained - 4 Stars - I really liked Sarita and Domitian.  


The Worst Witch - 4 Stars - Great family read.


Snowbound with the Single Dad - 3 Stars - A heartwarming story.


Children of Blood and Bone - 4 Stars - Mixed feelings but such and epic story.



The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Put on hold until I can get the audio version.

Currently Reading:

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly…. stil.

Year to Date Totals:

January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

October: 10 books

November: 7


2018: 93 books

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review 2018-11-26 18:59
Snowbound with the Single Dad
Snowbound with the Single Dad - Cara Colter

I Picked Up This Book Because: I liked the cover.

The Characters:

Noelle “Ellie” McGregor:
Aiden Phillips:
Rufus McGregor, Bertanana “Nana” Sutton, Tess Phillips

The Story:

The concept of this story was great however the writing seemed immature. An I mean immature in the sense that it needed a good editing and revision. Like maybe it was the authors first book. (I’ve never seen so many exclamation points in a book.)

So with that out of the way I loved the characters. Grandpa Rufus was my favorite. How he managed to put all this together was beautiful and we never find out if he knew Noelle and Aiden would get on or not but I’m glad it unraveled the way it did. There was a ton of delicious sexual tension between Aiden and Ellie. There was also a substantial amount of overthinking which doesn’t thrill me but I see why it was included. Tess was a little ray of light throughout the book and it’s so good to see adults set aside their differences and put the child first. I hope this family has many more lovely Christmas celebrations together.

The Random Thoughts:

Favorite Quote: ”’Well,’ Grandpa said, too loudly. ‘There’s a face that would make a train take a dirt road.’”

The Score Card:


3 Stars

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review 2018-11-22 18:14
Murder in the Rue de Paradis by Cara Black
Murder in the Rue de Paradis - Cara Black

The used bookstore I frequent (at which I have almost $200 in credit) is a treasure trove of books. It's also a muddle - I realized the last time I was there that the shelves are actually 2 deep in books, and there really isn't any way to know what's behind the first line of books without digging. Therefore, it is like a treasure hunt every time I am there.


The last time I was there, I found a little section of Soho Crime, which had several of the Aimee LeDuc mysteries. I've read the first two of the series, but they are fairly expensive on kindle, so I'm reluctant to buy them. I could probably check them out of the library. Anyway, I figured out which of the available books was earliest in the series and bought it. This still meant that I would be skipping 5 books, since Rue Paradis is #8 in the series. I figured what the heck, and bought it anyway. When I saw that one of the qualifying book elements for International Day of Tolerance was to read a book set in Paris, I immediately thought of Aimee.


The action for this book is set in 1995, which is in the near past. I was not at all current on Aimee's private life, so her reporter boyfriend, Yves, was new to me. I have no idea how much of a role he plays in the earlier books before becoming the murder victim in this one. The murder itself was interesting, and I definitely didn't figure it out.


I really love the use of Paris in these books, though. It is such a vibrant, diverse, real city as portrayed by Cara Black. She definitely shows the duality of Paris - the romantic, glittery aspects, but also the dirty, urban elements as well. I doubt that they will ever make it into my first tier of mysteries, but I've enjoyed every one that I've read.

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text 2018-09-27 00:56
Halloween Bingo - Terrifying Women
Mirror Mirror - Cara Delevingne,Rowan Coleman

When Naomi, a member of the band Mirror, Mirror, is pulled unconscious from a river, her fellow band mates don't believe it when the police say it was probably a suicide. Along with her sister, they try to find out what truly happened to her. I used this mystery for the Terrifying Women square.



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review 2018-09-07 21:25
Indulging the stereotypes of crime fiction
No way Out - Cara Hunter

The crime genre is tightly packed with budding authors eager to display their writing skills as they start a new story with new characters and usually a slightly flawed lead detective. The hope is that if the story and main players are welcomed by an eager reading audience then further books will follow as a series is born. The problem is that there are now far too many so called authors plying their trade with the result that the writing is often bland and stereotypical in its delivery.


No way out is the third in a series featuring DI Adam Fawley and his intrepid band of warriors; Gislington , Quinn, Somer and Everett. A fire has occurred in a residential property, one child dead and one child clinging to life. It would appear that the parents are not in residence, and so the search is on to find them, the hope being that they can provide clues and answers to this appalling crime. Due to personal circumstances DI Fawley has stepped down as lead detective and has entrusted the investigation to her colleague Gis promoted as acting DS on this occasion


This is your average crime thriller, one of many competing for attention in a crowded diluted market. The usual suspects are present; an overworked DI with personal problems, bright- eyed junior detectives eager to prove their worth and a rather odd misguided sense of humour...We are investigating the death by burning of children and so our young band of police officers are working 24/7 it could be said they are on fire....not so sure I welcome this attempt at humour. Reading an average thriller only highlights the great difference between aspiring authors and established heavyweights such as Ian Rankin or Robert Galbraith. I have recently read, indeed consumed with vigour, the  3 Cormoran Strike novels which are simply outstanding and only serves to reinforce my opinion  that good writing is the preserve of a few and only a minority ever attain this status. Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that it what I have written.

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